After a stroll to say hello to Arabella, Tammy and I dropped Frances off at a drawing class and headed to vague area of Ginniderra Creek. I began at Giralang Ponds.
The big hope here was Nankeen Night-heron which roost in the Casuarinas. Actually that should be "Sometimes roost in the Casuarinas.": and as you might infer today was not one of those times. In the general region of Herons etc I soon spotted 3 Australian White Ibis (not common recently) and a pair of White-faced Herons on a power line.
I then shifted a few '00m to McKellar Pond where in the past Little Bittern and Australasian Bittern have been sighted. Not today they weren't. The best bird - which has turned out to be Bird of the Day - here was Olive-backed Oriole. Surely that is getting ready to pick up its luggage and move on? A rather small area so only 16 species seen.
As we were moving round the pond there was an obvious path through a watercourse. It was being used as a snoozing ground by Moggie vulgaris. On seeing Tammie - who was very interested in a new bit of fur - it stood up stretched, arched its back and swore vigorously. As it had a collar with contact details it was obviously someone's beloved pet so I didn't want a brawl to erupt (and it was close to Tammy in size so I have doubts about who would have won). Eventually the feline moved away.
Our final stop was back towards the City to check on the Powerful Owl at Turner. It was present as hoped. As usual for my observations it had no prey.
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